The first glass of refreshing horchata I ever had was at an authentic tamale and taco truck in my hometown. They ladled the cinnamon-flecked rice milk out of a plastic jug and into a glass filled with ice. I loved it immediately. I had another glass when we went to Mas Tacos in Nashville last fall and I very nearly ordered another glass for the road. If you’ve never had it, it’s sort of like drinking rice pudding. Well, except rice pudding is rich and full of texture and horchata is light and refreshing with the same flavors.
For my version, I wanted to use brown rice to make the drink more nutritious and I used agave nectar instead of sugar. I recommend buying fresh cinnamon sticks because it’s what really makes this drink. It turned out so tasty and the pitcher only lasted two days. We tackled our weekend chores like you wouldn’t believe and I like to think the horchata helped.
If you’re thinking this sounds pretty good, but spiked horchata sounds really good, you’re totally right. Try this Horchata Rum Cocktail.